During the Producers Guild Awards Nominees Breakfast on Saturday morning, “Bohemian Rhapsody” producer Graham King clarified the exit of director Bryan Singer during filming.
Speaking to the room, he called it “an unfortunate situation,” adding that Singer “had some issues, his mother was very sick, and he’s the kind of guy that he needs to have 100-per-cent focus.”
“He just said, I want to hiatus the film, and deal with what he had going on in his life. And the studio wanted to finish the film. And of course, my job is to protect the film at any cost, and that’s what I was there to do,” King continued.
Fox hired Dexter Fletcher to finish the last two weeks of filming after they terminated Singer under the “pay or play” part of his contract.
Many thought the firing on Singer had to do with him being accused of sexual misconduct and not a “personal health matter.” Singer has denied the assault allegations against him.
Singer did receive a directing credit but was not acknowledged by anyone during the two acceptance speeches for “Bohemian Rhapsody” during the Golden Globes.
King also commented on the rumours that Sacha Baron Cohen was up for the role of Freddie Mercury. “There was a lot of talk about different people playing Freddie Mercury and no one was actually signed to play Freddie Mercury, no one was attached to play Freddie Mercury until Rami Malek,” he said. “It was just a lot of talk — there was a couple of actors that wanted to play that role.”
Malek went onto win a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his work in “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The movie also took home the award for Best Motion Picture Drama.